This 180-mile 7-day Circular Cycling route covers some of the finest countryside and villages in the UK, allowing you to stay in pretty towns and villages and experience stunning scenery.
The variety of terrains ranges from the gentler slopes of the Severn Vale, to the sharper escarpments of the Cotswolds Hills. The route takes you along country lanes, canal sides and some traffic-free routes.
The Cycling map is £3.99 and can be purchased at Stroud TIC 01453 760960 or from sustrans.
The daily and circular routes are free to download by clicking on the links below:
The canals and towpaths are a special feature of the Stroud Valleys; walk or cycle any stretch of the towpath between Eastington and Sapperton, a distance of 12 miles, and you will experience peace and quiet away from busy roads (Maps Refs SO 786060 & SO 891024). There is plenty of parking at Pike Lock, Eastington, GL10 3RT.
A good place to start is the Canal Visitor Centre at Wallbridge in Stroud or Stroud Tourist Information Centre in the Subscription Rooms. A copy of the Towpath Map is available to purchase at the Canal Visitor Centre on-line shop.
Visit the canal now and you will see it whilst restoration is underway.
The route south of Gloucester joins National Route 41 to Saul. For an interim period, it will continue along quiet roads to Chipmans Platt, then follow the Cotswold Canal for a short stretch before rejoining quiet roads to Stonehouse. It then follows the former Midland Railway, swinging just south of Stroud through quiet woodland to Nailsworth. The route then climbs quite steeply in places through Minchinhampton up to Hampton Fields onto a plateau through some quintessentially English countryside to Kemble and on to Cirencester. It continues southwards to the Cotswold Water Park and on into Swindon.
The Stonehouse Wheelers Cycling Club was formed in 1948.
They cater for all ages. Why not join them and explore the quieter lanes at a more civilised pace.
Rides are organised and lead to local beauty spots and places of interest covering usually 15 to 20 miles on Sunday afternoons.
For more ambitious riders there are longer all day rides.
In the summer months, Wednesday Evening Rides, cater for beginners and returners. There are also tours abroad and weekend trips.
There is a new Stroud District Cycling map which grades all the roads according to their suitability for cyclists; it can be bought from Tourist Information Centres. Additionally there are several books and pamphlets of local rides, as well as Sustrans maps, routes 41 and 45 (see above).
Stonehousewheelers Cycling Club - More Information
Gloucestershire Rural Community Council (GRCC) have produced five cycle routes which will not only allow residents and visitors to explore new quiet bridleways and roads but to also take advantage of the number of great village shops, post offices, pubs, cafes, restaurants and farm shops along the way. You can download your free cycle pack by clicking on the link below.